Gideon Quarries (Glynrhonwy)

Llanberis Slate

Encompassing The Mancer, Film Set, The Land That God Forgot and Gideon Quarries. Home of the first slate route - a bit of a backwater now but still contains a number of worthwhile routes.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Wales Rock Type: Slate
Importance: Regional CRoW Land: No
Ownership: Local Authority No. of Routes: 50
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 1964
Grid Reference: SH565608

There have been serious problems here in the past but access appears less problematic providing climbers keep a low profile. The quarries are owned by Gwynedd Council who make it clear that there is no offical access due to public safety reasons - there are high fences and signs prohibiting access, but there have not been any reports of practical access problems for many years.

In early 2017 planning permisson was granted for a new hydro-electric power station on the site. When works starts on this (unkknow time-scale) its likley that access to some of the quarries will be permenently lost, especially to Mancer and Film Set Quarries as these will become flooded to produce a holding reservoir.  

Restrictions apply from 1 March - 30 June.

Reason: Nesting Birds

2017 - Due to nesting Peregrines and Choughs (both species have legal protection under the Wildlife & Countryside Act),  some climbing in the Gideon Quarry (all routes on Gideon Terrace and Cracking up areas) is restricted from March 1st until the end of June.

 

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